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idiom

id·i·om

idiom

pronunciation:
I di m
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a verbal expression that cannot be understood merely by knowing the individual meanings of its elements, as with the phrase "break down," meaning "to lose one's mental stability."
When I used the idiom "under the weather," my friend from Japan didn't understand.
similar words:
colloquialism, construction, expression, locution, phrase, slang
definition 2: the unique grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of a particular language, dialect, or regional style.
the idiom of the southern United States
synonyms:
dialect, vernacular
similar words:
colloquialism, language, lingo, localism, patois, talk, tongue
definition 3: a specialized language or vocabulary used by a particular group; jargon.
the idiom of early jazz musicians
synonyms:
cant, jargon, lingo, parlance, patois, phraseology, slang
similar words:
argot, language, talk, vernacular
definition 4: a distinctive style of expression, as in art or music, that is characteristic of a particular artist, group, or period.
the surrealist idiom
synonyms:
modality, phraseology, style
similar words:
cant, vernacular
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The word idiom contains the following part:
idio Greek root that means particular or personal to; distinct